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Comment Re:Illegal? (Score 1) 179

Does that make Prey illegal? It has the ability to take pictures with the camera, upload files, take screenshots, and geolocate. Wireshark, similarly, can be used for significant malicious intent. As can lock picks.

Mere possession of tools should not constitute illegality. Intent to use such tools, at a minimum, should be required. Most countries agree with regards to lock picking laws--computer programs should be no different.

Liability should be placed on those who installed his software without permission on a computer they didn't own. The author should not be liable, unless the author himself installed the software without permission on a computer he did not own (or wrote an algorithm that performed such actions).

Comment Re:Just one option... (Score 1) 431

Why is the answer always "sue"?

If there's a toxic (but not illegal) problem in the workplace, and you're a halfway decent coder, you generally hold the power. You'll be able to find another job--there's massive opportunities in the market. Unless there's a significant reason you need THIS job, get the issue fixed or go somewhere you won't be miserable.

To address the issue, be an adult. Document a few of your concerns, and politely tell your manager. If necessary, escalate. If that doesn't work, find a new job. If they fire you for raising your concerns... get that new job. Why would you want to work there anyway!?

Don't worry about "justice". Why in the world would you want to hire a lawyer, go through years of hell for 50% of some relatively small payout, and make a name for yourself that might make future employment harder? Is that lawsuit really the legacy you want to leave? If the environment is that toxic, they're going to have trouble retaining people, and that will make business very hard for them. It's called Karma.

I think the Amish have it right. Luke 6:29-30.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1058

I don't think a law should force a business to operate in a way that it doesn't want to. I don't think we should have a law forcing Twitter to keep up posts they don't want to keep up, any more than I think private companies should be forced to provide and/or pay for services they don't believe in. I think monopolies and public services are an exception to this.

So are we talking a law, or what a company should do? Because the bakery and Hobby Lobby were compelled by force of law, whereas, so far, opponents have mostly objected to Twitter's actions--not called for a law. I think everyone has a right to object to a company's actions and/or stance, but bringing the power of law is a whole different level.

I think it's wrong for Twitter to silence most speech, and I will condemn them for doing so. However, I do NOT support any law which would compel them to remove or leave speech up on their site.

Also, the definition of hate speech provided is pure rubbish: "speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or other traits."

If you think my religion is rubbish, you have every right to tell me so, whether it offends me or not. It doesn't mean you hate me--it means you think my religion is rubbish. My being offended should not be a barrier on YOUR right to speak your mind. This redefinition of hate and "hate speech" in modern society is very harmful; it has the potential to destroy our society. And Canada just passed a bill (C-16) putting basically this definition of "hate speech" into law.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

Hell, it's not even "safe" to defend the freedom of speech anymore.

Yes, Prof. Peterson's got some seriously flawed views on gender. He's also got some great knowledge on social psychology, fascism, the role of speech and violence in society, and the harm of excessive compassion. He's got some great thoughts on how the current social policies towards gender actually can exacerbate the problems facing LBGTQ people and send society into authoritarianism, fascism, and violence.

Prof. Peterson says that the point of free speech is to get the boneheaded ideas and opinions out in the open so they can be corrected through dialogue and conversation. But his opponents boycott debate and play noise during a rally about free speech:

When this attitude is taken towards a large group of people, most go into the closet. Their views simmer and become anger. And then, they go out and vote--and everyone wonders where the "crazy Trump supporters" came from.

By being so sure that we're right and harassing those who disagree with us (see: Brendan Eich), you activate authoritarianism:

You don't want authoritarian leaders. It can get very ugly very fast. Stop persecuting those who disagree with you, even if you know they're wrong. Engage them in conversation and show them how they're wrong. Don't silence them. Don't harass them. Haven't we learned anything from Martin Luther King Jr.?

Personally, I agree with the parent. The definition of bigot is "a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions." When I watch the rallies between Prof. Peterson (trying to engage in conversation) and those who oppose him (silencing him and working to get him fired)... it's pretty clear who is intolerant.

Other sources:

Comment Re:What we need (Score 5, Insightful) 174

It doesn't work in some genres, especially for PvP.

Let's take Overwatch, for example. PS4 and XBOX gamers, using a game controller, are at a significant disadvantage as compared to mouse/keyboard. For instance, Torbjiorn got a nerf on consoles, but not on PC, because people can track and aim more quickly on PC, negating his advantage there. So you may not want to matchmaker those people together, as the PC gamers will, on average, own the console gamers.

But for Windows Store and Steam not getting matched together? Yeah, that's insanity.

Comment Re: Including Nexus 6... (Score 1) 26

There's actually a pretty good writeup on this:

Basically, the TL;DR; version is that the most likely cause for Snapdragon 800/801 phones not getting Nougat is that they likely cannot pass the Android compatibility tests for Nougat for AES performance. They can't pass because the minimum specs are likely higher and they lack the necessary dedicated encryption hardware.

Nobody wanted to point fingers at Google, but the evidence seems to implicate them. Google needs to relax the compatibility specs for upgrading existing devices. Any device which passed the specs at release for a previous Android release should be grandfathered in as much as possible. We have enough problems with Android fragmentation from carriers and manufacturers--Google needs to help, not hurt.

Comment Re:Battery drain fix? (Score 2) 26

I get better battery life on my Nexus 6 with Android 7 than before. Not much, mind you, but it's a little better.

That said, there are some issues... Cell standby consumed 880 mAh with the radio active for 10s. Somehow, I think that's got to be wrong...

I agree, though--the #1 thing I want is better battery life. And what's crazy is that I disabled the Google location services on my Nexus S and I get 4 DAYS of battery life between charges now (screen off nearly 100%). With Google Location services on, it only lasts ~6 hours. So I suspect Google itself is at fault for a lot of the battery drain.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 250

I use an HP 4600DN. Yeah, it weighs a TON, and I had to have it shipped via pallet, but it's indestructible, Laser (no drying out), has compatible color cartridges, and it prints color.

The color quality for picture is good, but not amazing, and for documents it just works. I've had to buy one toner cartridge in the last 3 years. Works under Linux.

Getting a printer cartridge that didn't smear or leak, though, was an entirely other problem. The official HP ones cost $300 per cartridge, which is way too much, but most of the aftermarket ones leak or smear or have some random problem. I went through 4 cartridges to replace a single one (with the other 3 sent back as defective).

Comment Re:I've gone through four iPhones due to this issu (Score 1) 222

If it's truly this issue, you may be bending your phone or dropping it more than the average.

Are you storing your phone in your back pocket? Are you wearing tight jeans that is putting physical flex on the board? Sitting on the phone? If you are, you might be able to get them to last longer by avoiding those behaviors.

Note: I'm not defending Apple, or justifying their quality/phone/design. I'm just saying that, knowing what the cause is of this failure, a behavioral change could make a huge difference to your device longevity.

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 2) 222

Firstly, you're correct. Nvidia was thermal expansion/contraction, while this is due to physical bending.

However, if you look at Louis Rossman's videos, the Nvidia issue was due to internal points WITHIN the chip, not due to the BGA points themselves. This means that simply reflowing the chip (or even resurfacing and resoldering the BGA) won't solve the issue. You NEED a new chip.

Heating the chip might slightly reflow the internal connections which may make the device work for a few days or even weeks, but it's going to fail very rapidly again.

The Apple issue is with the BGA points themselves, not inside the chip, which means that, as long as the points aren't super oxidized (as they were in Jessa's video), a reflow might resolve the issue. Fully resurfacing the BGA as Jessa did should completely resolve the issue, but Jessa replaced the chip anyway--I suspect the chip cost is low enough that putting a new chip on just makes more sense--just to make sure.

Source (Louis Rossman):

Comment I have Google Fiber, and it's amazing (Score 5, Informative) 105

As a techie who actually has Google Fiber, it's been amazing. The first couple weeks were really rocky--random internet outages which were unexplainable.

They sent a tech out, who'd never seen anything like it, and he's like "well, I guess I'll replace the network box, because I have no idea what it is." Worked great ever since.

The only major disadvantage is they don't want you running your own router, and have actually hassled me for doing so. They offer just a fiber jack to businesses, but don't offer it for residential customers. Residential customers HAVE to use their "network box" (router). There are actually howtos on the internet of plugging into the fiber jack, if you have a managed switch and set the VLAN tags right.

My speeds:
I get 400 Mbit up/down over wireless (my own router)
I get 900 Mbit up/down wired

Speeds are constant, regardless of time of day, and no weird latency issues at all. I get a reliable 1ms ping to a friend who also has Google Fiber 15mi away, and I get very low pings to the rest of the world. It's hands down the best internet I've ever had. Customer service is friendly, too.

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